LG has announced a clever little mouse that doubles as a scanner and saves you precious desk space. The new LSM-100 is pretty basic as a pointing device, featuring two buttons and a scroll wheel, but what makes it special is the ability to scan documents by just passing the device back and forth over them -- as illustrated in the embedded video.
The mouse can handle documents up to A3 size, or 11.69 × 16.54 inches, which is more than what most portable scanners are capable of due to their size constraint. You’ll be able to save the resulting image in PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, and PDF formats, or use the built-in OCR technology to create fully editable DOC and XLS files. Scans can be easily shared online via social networks or email thanks to the bundled Smart Share software from LG.
Besides its scanning abilities, the mouse itself doesn't seem like a big deal but LG claims it's stylish, comfortable and accurate. LG's new scanner-mouse was first shown at CES, and it will be properly introduced at this year's IFA trade show in Berlin. Though no details about pricing for the LSM-100 have been revealed yet, the company has said that it intends to release the product for sale in the U.S., Europe and other major foreign markets in September.